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8/29/14Related Case or Issue:
(New York)--Next week, beginning on Tuesday, September 2nd, LDF's political participation team will start trial in Corpus Christi, Texas challenging the state's discriminatory voter ID law (SB 14). In 2013, LDF intervened in this lawsuit, United States v. Texas, now consolidated with Veasey v. Perry, to strike Texas's discriminatory photo ID law under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
LDF mourns the passing of George Barrett, our cherished cooperating attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. At age 86, George was still practicing law at his firm, Barrett, Johnston, Martin & Garrison, at the time of his death.
On Andrea Mitchell Reports, Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Urban League's Marc Morial talked with Chris Matthews (who filled in for Andrea Mitchell) about the makeup of the grand jury and the partiality of head prosecutor in the trial of the police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
A group of alumni of eight prestigious public high schools in New York City issued a statement on Tuesday in support of keeping a test as the sole criterion for entry, inserting themselves in a long-running debate over the admissions process and its impact on the schools’ racial makeup.
LDF, Facilitator for Dignity in Schools Campaign, Joins in Grieving the Death of Michael Brown and Calls for Safe Schools and an End to Criminalizing Youth8/22/14
In the aftermath of the tragic death of Michael Brown, LDF and Dignity in Schools call for an end to criminalization of youth. LDF is a federal liaison for the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) an umbrella for 84 organizations from 22 states dedicated to reforming overly punitive discipline practices that disproportionately push students of color out of school and into the juvenile justice system.
Youth, parents, educators and advocates from the Dignity in Schools Campaign have come together in response to the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014.